* Date : 2016-02-23
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) of Korea was established in 1969. A foreigner was appointed as the director of MMCA for the first time, and it’s none other than Bartomeu Mari Ribas.
Bartomeu Mari began his career as a curator for the Museum of Modern Architecture in Brussels, Belgium, and served as a curator at Valencian Institute of Modern Art in Spain and as the director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in the Netherlands. Then, in 2008, he was appointed the director of Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the most prestigious contemporary museums in Europe. While heading MACBA for 7 years, he garnered the attention of the global art community for boosting the number of visitors and the proceeds and establishing partnerships with multiple overseas art museums.
The INNERview crew went to MMCA Seoul to meet Bartomeu Mari. MMCA Seoul, established in 2013, an "open museum" that communicates with the people, rather than just "displaying" artworks. In addition to hosting various types of art exhibitions, but it also runs many other cultural events and programs.
Join us on the INNERview this week to meet Bartomeu Mari Ribas, who has declared that he'll bring a new wave of changes in the Korean art community, with his global mindset.